For the first time ever, forming the centrepiece of Britannia’s stunning Christmas decorations this year is a 7 foot Christmas tree, kindly gifted to the Royal Yacht by Her Majesty The Queen’s private estate, Balmoral, Scottish holiday home to the Royal Family.
A magical time was had on board by all, when social media sensation, Marcel Le Corgi, was joined by three-year-olds (L-R) Annabelle Kennedy, Cara Culshaw and Hamish Aitken in Britannia’s State Drawing Room, where the traditional tree was given the seal of approval.
Throughout Britannia’s five decks, the ship is adorned with beautiful decorations, from the Grand Staircase in the State Apartments to the Crew’s Quarters below decks. Complementing The Queen’s Balmoral Estate tree is a 30 foot Christmas tree on the quayside at Britannia and another on the Bridge of the ship, a longstanding naval tradition.
Specially selected by The Queen’s Forestry Foreman, Joe MacLuggash, who has worked for over 25 years on the Royal Estate, the tree was gifted to Britannia for visitors to admire.
In the New Year, The Royal Yacht Britannia will be celebrating 20 years since arriving in Edinburgh. Opening its doors in October 1998, Chief Executive, Bob Downie, and his team have been wholly committed to providing an exceptional customer experience for visitors. Delivering great value for time and money has helped Britannia achieve the status of Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction for 12 years in a row by national tourist board VisitScotland and achieve record visitor numbers for the last 5 years, with 348,272 visitors last year.
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